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Undocumented Young Adults in the United States and the ‘Transition from Belonging to Illegality’

Following a 1982 Supreme Court decision, children that arrived in the United States with their undocumented parents were granted full access to the K–12 school system. However, with pathways towards citizenship—and, thus, work, drivers’ licenses, voting, and post-secondary education—severely limited, these young people transition toward fewer and fewer rights as they near their 18th birthday. In this podcast, Roberto Gonzales of the Harvard Graduate School of Education talks about his work with these undocumented young people and the implications that immigration policy changes might hold for them.


Child Poverty, Children, Immigration, Inequality & Mobility, Racial/Ethnic Inequality, Transition to Adulthood